The September 2010 U.S. peanut production forecast is set at 4.09 billion pounds, up 1 percent from earlier predictions and up 11 percent from last year. Based on USDA data, planted area, at 1.29 million acres, is unchanged from the June estimate but up 16 percent from the previous year.

Area for harvest is expected to total 1.26 million acres, unchanged from August but up 17 percent from 2009.

Yields are expected to average 3,242 pounds per acre, up 38 pounds from August but down 170 pounds from last year.

Peanut production in the Southeast states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina, is expected to total 3.11 billion pounds, up 3 percent from August and 11 percent higher than last year. Planted area, at 987,000 acres, is up 2 percent from June and 16 percent higher than 2009.

Area for harvest in the Southeast is forecast at 965,000 acres, up 2 percent from August and up 17 percent from last year.

Yields in the region are expected to average 3,223 pounds per acre, up 41 pounds from August but 150 pounds below last year’s average yield. Expected yields increased from last month by 100 pounds in Georgia and South Carolina, but decreased 100 pounds in Alabama due to severe drought conditions and extreme heat. Yields are unchanged from August in Florida and Mississippi.